VITAMINS & MINERALS MARKERS
CRP High sensitivity CRP is used to look for infection and can also be used to test individual risk for cardiovascular disease. Hs-CRP is an inflammatory biomarker and can be used to detect individuals who are at a greater risk of heart attack or stroke. Inflammation plays a key role in atherothrombosis, a condition that is a major cause of acute coronary syndromes and cardiovascular death. It causes the development of plaques in the blood vessels which can dislodge and go on to block the blood flow to the heart or brain causing a heart attack, stroke and/or death.
As hs-CRP is an inflammatory biomarker, it can be increased in other types of illnesses. The hs-CRP test can identify inflammation but can’t pinpoint exactly what is causing it. So, raised levels may be caused by bacterial infections, arthritis or intense exercise.